Winds, Winds, and more frigging winds

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Winds, Winds, and more frigging winds

Post by Just Me » Wed, 27 Nov 2002 11:26:58



The winds are howling here today.  Probably gusting at over 50 mph. Anything
in my backyard that is not nailed down is gone!  Think water hyacinth, tall
plants, pond accessories, etc.
All replaced by bizzillion leaves from the neighborhood.  I swear that pond
water attracts leaves!
And leaves of course turns to algae next summer.  What is a ponder to do?

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Post by TerryinTexa » Wed, 27 Nov 2002 12:00:22


Quote:
>The winds are howling here today.  Probably gusting at over 50 mph. Anything
>in my backyard that is not nailed down is gone!  Think water hyacinth, tall
>plants, pond accessories, etc.
>All replaced by bizzillion leaves from the neighborhood.  I swear that pond
>water attracts leaves!
>And leaves of course turns to algae next summer.  What is a ponder to do?

Place some rocks in your pockets and go for a walk
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Post by Just Me » Thu, 28 Nov 2002 00:24:26


I stand corrected, wind gust up to 78mph!

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Quote:
> The winds are howling here today.  Probably gusting at over 50 mph.
Anything
> in my backyard that is not nailed down is gone!  Think water hyacinth,
tall
> plants, pond accessories, etc.
> All replaced by bizzillion leaves from the neighborhood.  I swear that
pond
> water attracts leaves!
> And leaves of course turns to algae next summer.  What is a ponder to do?

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> ---------------
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Post by RichToyBo » Thu, 28 Nov 2002 06:03:34


Just be sure the walk isn't in the pond, if you have those rocks in your
pockets.
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Quote:
> Place some rocks in your pockets and go for a walk
> TerryinTexas
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Post by Jim » Thu, 28 Nov 2002 08:26:23


Quote:
> I swear that pond water attracts leaves!
> What is a ponder to do?

Have you considered covering your pond with a net to keep the leaves
out?

Jim
Zone 8a - Dallas, Texas
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Post by bullfrog.. » Sat, 30 Nov 2002 03:38:19


Die-hard arborists don't want you to get close to a tree with
ponds, streets, building or any thing else. All trees are similar in at
least two ways. They all drop foliage and none of them have razor sharp
roots that stalk out and spear *** pond liners! Yes it is true that a
tree root is powerful enough to buckle a driveway or crack a sidewalk
yet they won't pierce a *** liner. The reason is simple. A small
crack in a sidewalk lets moisture through to the ground below. A tree
root is programmed to hone in on moisture. If a concrete sidewalk is in
its way it doesn't matter. A pond has lots of water but (fortunately for
the pond owners), a tree doesn't know that! Roots simply traverse the
surrounding soil beneath a pond instead of going through a watertight
barrier.

        Skimmers are made to handle foliage falling into a pond. Since
Aquascape Designs were the first manufacturers to market skimmers, just
a few years ago, most books do not contain information about them. Those
that do talk about adapted swimming pool filters must realize that the
strainers on swimming pool filters are vastly undersized for a pond's
requirements. Leaves that drop into the pond in late Fall do not,
because of sheer numbers, all make it to the skimmer. As long as most of
the debris is collected for you, however, surrounding trees do not
prevent you from having a successful pond.

        Ideally, a pond should be built outside a tree's drip zone. For
most trees, removing some of their roots and putting a pond over the top
of them is not going to kill them. Always take into consideration,
however, the type of tree you're working with when you decide where you
will locate a pond. For example, a silver maple is a lot more adaptable
than a 100-year-old oak.(check with experts about what you can do to
which kinds of trees.) I can honestly say I have never seen a tree that
was killed by the installation of a pond.

        A naturally wooded lot does pose some design problems. The
aesthetic advantages that surrounding trees add to the setting of the
pond make them advantageous to the overall look of the pond.(Ponds
beneath trees can become beautiful reflecting pools.)

        THIS IS WHY SKIMMERS WERE INVENTED!!

 Our skimmer unit is the lowest maintenance, most user-friendly
design on the market today. It is the only skimmer available with an
overflow design, a low maintenance horizontal filter pad and an optional
accurate pond level fill valve. The bulkhead fitted overflow allows you
to set the pond level exactly, while eliminating pond edge erosion. A
horizontal filter design does not prevent water from reaching the pump
and burning it out. Unlike imitation vertical mats, which require
substantially more maintenance, the water level above the filter mat is
always true. This design allows a fill valve to only activate when the
pond water level is low, preventing the problem of continuously running
fill valves. A spring-loaded mechanical weir can easily be removed to
allow more water to reach larger pumps, or to allow the pumps to be run
during low water conditions. The weir design has proven to be the most
effective in spa and swimming pool applications and has proven to hold
up to the test without deterioration. The skimmer's high-density
polyethylene construction is firm, but flexes during freeze-thaw cycles
or shifting earth. It will never crack, unlike rigid fiberglass designs,
which can easily crack over time. The single greatest benefit of the
skimmer is how it hides the mechanics of the pond while substantially
reducing the pond's maintenance.

Happy Ponding
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Quote:

> The winds are howling here today.  Probably gusting at over 50 mph. Anything
> in my backyard that is not nailed down is gone!  Think water hyacinth, tall
> plants, pond accessories, etc.
> All replaced by bizzillion leaves from the neighborhood.  I swear that pond
> water attracts leaves!
> And leaves of course turns to algae next summer.  What is a ponder to do?

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Post by Just Me » Sat, 30 Nov 2002 13:45:15


I have the bird netting over my pond, let me tell you, that helped a lot.

But I have a couple of Jacaranda tree that I do not want to cut.  Have you
tried to clean up Jacaranda leaves out of a deep pond?  Thank goodness for
Home Depot and the pool leaf broom net.  It worked, although time consuming.

My phase 3 pond is going ever so slowly, so overwhelming!  Get rock from the
rock piles around here.  Take them home.  Lay them out, remove them, put
them back, on and on.  Then winds come...................

Should be done in month or so.

Anyway hope you all had a nice turkey day.

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Quote:
> > I swear that pond water attracts leaves!
> > What is a ponder to do?

> Have you considered covering your pond with a net to keep the leaves
> out?

> Jim
> Zone 8a - Dallas, Texas
> Pond, Veggie Filter, Pond Maintenance & North Texas Pond Tour Pics:
> http://community.webshots.com/user/dallas75248

 
 
 

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Post by Jim » Sat, 30 Nov 2002 14:57:08


Quote:
>My phase 3 pond is going ever so slowly, so overwhelming!  Get rock from the
>rock piles around here.  Take them home.  Lay them out, remove them, put
>them back, on and on.  Then winds come...................

Glad to see I'm not the only one ***ed to ponding year round. Phase
2.5 is in my mind, but I'll probably wait until Spring to implement
it.

We finally had our first light freeze and the leaves are dropping at a
quicker rate.  I don't have a net over my pond and will check out the
leaf broom net you mention.  I like pond toys....

Jim
Zone 8a - Dallas, Texas
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Post by Steve » Mon, 02 Dec 2002 15:54:23


    Ahh, I see you are in Southern California. I thought that I was alone in
my frequent leaf removal, spraying out the filter box (because it got
clogged every other day), & daily water top-offs & going thru a lot of
Pondquell as a result. Those Santa Ana winds have finally died
down.......for now at least.
        Steve



Quote:
> I have the bird netting over my pond, let me tell you, that helped a lot.

> But I have a couple of Jacaranda tree that I do not want to cut.  Have you
> tried to clean up Jacaranda leaves out of a deep pond?  Thank goodness for
> Home Depot and the pool leaf broom net.  It worked, although time
consuming.

> My phase 3 pond is going ever so slowly, so overwhelming!  Get rock from
the
> rock piles around here.  Take them home.  Lay them out, remove them, put
> them back, on and on.  Then winds come...................

> Should be done in month or so.

> Anyway hope you all had a nice turkey day.

> --
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
--
> ---------------
> "I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow."
> Woodrow Wilson

> http://community.webshots.com/user/godwino
> .
> .


> > > I swear that pond water attracts leaves!
> > > What is a ponder to do?

> > Have you considered covering your pond with a net to keep the leaves
> > out?

> > Jim
> > Zone 8a - Dallas, Texas
> > Pond, Veggie Filter, Pond Maintenance & North Texas Pond Tour Pics:
> > http://community.webshots.com/user/dallas75248

 
 
 

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Post by jamme » Mon, 02 Dec 2002 16:30:55


On Sun, 01 Dec 2002 06:54:23 GMT, "Steve \"Srfmon\""

Quote:

>    Ahh, I see you are in Southern California. I thought that I was alone in
>my frequent leaf removal, spraying out the filter box (because it got
>clogged every other day), & daily water top-offs & going thru a lot of
>Pondquell as a result. Those Santa Ana winds have finally died
>down.......for now at least.
>        Steve

I had already discussed this on here BUT, the kleaves really twist and
turn to get into the pond like salmon swimming up-stream! After the
last time i found leaves in there UNDER the screens, i put bricks on
the screens. HA! (I thought) Well, today i went out there and could
not believe all the leaves in there! It is bizarre! Only 4 1/2 months
till spring!

 . ))  -:|:-
                 ?.  .))
              jammer
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Post by Just Me » Tue, 03 Dec 2002 01:40:56


I leave up in the hills above Rancho Cucamonga, in Alta Loma to be precise.
Most of this area should be called the wind tunnel!  75 mph gust.  My
backyard is trashed. big ol 20-35' tall Eucalyptus trees were downed!  On
and on.

I finally finished cleaning my ponds, now I can get back to trying to finish
the third pond!

I wish those of us here in Southern Cal will start a pond ring or group so
that we can all have an open house one day.

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Quote:
>     Ahh, I see you are in Southern California. I thought that I was alone
in
> my frequent leaf removal, spraying out the filter box (because it got
> clogged every other day), & daily water top-offs & going thru a lot of
> Pondquell as a result. Those Santa Ana winds have finally died
> down.......for now at least.
>         Steve



> > I have the bird netting over my pond, let me tell you, that helped a
lot.

> > But I have a couple of Jacaranda tree that I do not want to cut.  Have
you
> > tried to clean up Jacaranda leaves out of a deep pond?  Thank goodness
for
> > Home Depot and the pool leaf broom net.  It worked, although time
> consuming.

> > My phase 3 pond is going ever so slowly, so overwhelming!  Get rock from
> the
> > rock piles around here.  Take them home.  Lay them out, remove them, put
> > them back, on and on.  Then winds come...................

> > Should be done in month or so.

> > Anyway hope you all had a nice turkey day.

> > --

> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> --
> > ---------------
> > "I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow."
> > Woodrow Wilson

> > http://community.webshots.com/user/godwino
> > .
> > .



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Quote:
> > > > I swear that pond water attracts leaves!
> > > > What is a ponder to do?

> > > Have you considered covering your pond with a net to keep the leaves
> > > out?

> > > Jim
> > > Zone 8a - Dallas, Texas
> > > Pond, Veggie Filter, Pond Maintenance & North Texas Pond Tour Pics:
> > > http://community.webshots.com/user/dallas75248

 
 
 

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Post by Robyn Rhud » Tue, 03 Dec 2002 03:35:19


We have the evil winds here too!  I can work outside at freezing
temperatures but when the winds kick up, I can't stand it.  I didn't feel
like getting into my pond to clean the pump intake floss like I do every
few weeks in winter.  I could break the thin ice but once I pull back the
leaf net, the net and leaves are flying all around and I can't take it.  I
wear hip waders and gloves to do my in-pond winter chores but still you
start to go numb.  So, I was a wussy today and didn't do more than top off
the ponds and collect some of the billions of leaves flying around.  I
should have gotten more because the nets have to come off soon.  My back
18 gallon pond is more leaves than water!  It has no net as it's for the
deer to drink from.  I also didn't finish planting my bulbs.  The ground
is starting to freeze.  My back hurts and I don't want to jump up and down
anymore on the stupid bulb planter while the wind blows things in my face.
I'm sure once I go back to work, the weather will be perfect and next
weekend, it will be hell again.  I will have no choice then to continue on
with the chores that are overdue.  I hate the winds!  I live in Maryland
where we have two seasons:  hot as fire summer and windy and cold winter.
Spring and fall last just a few days.  I love them but have to waste the
time at my job.  When I'm home, all I do is chores.  I've never had a real
vacation but I may get my first week off from work for the first time in 5
years this Christmas to try to make a dent in my 100 hours of tapes, 30
magazines, 150 books, and endless chores.  One can dream.

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Post by Barbara22 » Tue, 03 Dec 2002 08:43:44



Quote:
> The winds are howling here today.  Probably gusting at over 50 mph. Anything
> in my backyard that is not nailed down is gone!  Think water hyacinth, tall
> plants, pond accessories, etc.
> All replaced by bizzillion leaves from the neighborhood.  I swear that pond
> water attracts leaves!
> And leaves of course turns to algae next summer.  What is a ponder to do?

> --
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ---------------
> "I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow."
> Woodrow Wilson

> http://community.webshots.com/user/godwino
> .
> .

Try getting the leaves out of the pond when they have froze in the
ice. Yesterday I was breaking the ice up and picking the leaves out by
hand. I had most of the leaves picked up but now the oak leaves are
blowing from across the street. I guess we need a coating of snow. I
don't believe I said that.
 
 
 

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Post by Just Me » Tue, 03 Dec 2002 10:48:05


I don't envy you either, picking leaves out of ice?

We get very light dusting of snow here once to three times in Winter, but no
chance of my pond ever freezing on the count I'm in Southern California.

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Quote:
> > The winds are howling here today.  Probably gusting at over 50 mph.
Anything
> > in my backyard that is not nailed down is gone!  Think water hyacinth,
tall
> > plants, pond accessories, etc.
> > All replaced by bizzillion leaves from the neighborhood.  I swear that
pond
> > water attracts leaves!
> > And leaves of course turns to algae next summer.  What is a ponder to
do?

> > --

> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
--
> > ---------------
> > "I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow."
> > Woodrow Wilson

> > http://community.webshots.com/user/godwino
> > .
> > .

> Try getting the leaves out of the pond when they have froze in the
> ice. Yesterday I was breaking the ice up and picking the leaves out by
> hand. I had most of the leaves picked up but now the oak leaves are
> blowing from across the street. I guess we need a coating of snow. I
> don't believe I said that.

 
 
 

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Post by Just Me » Tue, 03 Dec 2002 10:51:01


I feel your pain too.  Nice weather when you are at work and bummy weather
when you are off!

Although I live in Southern California now, I went to college in ***ia,
Tidewater to be precise (Norfolk/***ia Beach/Hampton/Newport News area)
Maryland use to be my playground!  I especially love your harbor
(Waterfront) and the aquarium!  First class.  Annapolis, etc.......

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Quote:

> We have the evil winds here too!  I can work outside at freezing
> temperatures but when the winds kick up, I can't stand it.  I didn't feel
> like getting into my pond to clean the pump intake floss like I do every
> few weeks in winter.  I could break the thin ice but once I pull back the
> leaf net, the net and leaves are flying all around and I can't take it.  I
> wear hip waders and gloves to do my in-pond winter chores but still you
> start to go numb.  So, I was a wussy today and didn't do more than top off
> the ponds and collect some of the billions of leaves flying around.  I
> should have gotten more because the nets have to come off soon.  My back
> 18 gallon pond is more leaves than water!  It has no net as it's for the
> deer to drink from.  I also didn't finish planting my bulbs.  The ground
> is starting to freeze.  My back hurts and I don't want to jump up and down
> anymore on the stupid bulb planter while the wind blows things in my face.
> I'm sure once I go back to work, the weather will be perfect and next
> weekend, it will be hell again.  I will have no choice then to continue on
> with the chores that are overdue.  I hate the winds!  I live in Maryland
> where we have two seasons:  hot as fire summer and windy and cold winter.
> Spring and fall last just a few days.  I love them but have to waste the
> time at my job.  When I'm home, all I do is chores.  I've never had a real
> vacation but I may get my first week off from work for the first time in 5
> years this Christmas to try to make a dent in my 100 hours of tapes, 30
> magazines, 150 books, and endless chores.  One can dream.

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